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Evidence-based nursing in health care30583/4115/1819/1/38
Study guide

Evidence-based nursing in health care

Academic year 2018-19
Is found in:
  • English programme for Health, Education and Welfare, programme stage 3
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Weight: 3,00
Total study time: 90,00 hours
Possible deadlines for learning account: 15.03.2019 ()

Organisation of education

Teaching Activities, Learning Activities, Assessment Activities
Lecture12,00 hours
Self-study69,00 hours
Seminar9,00 hours
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Re-sit exam: is possible.
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Special admission is required to enrol in this course unit under credit contract.
Co-ordinator: Verstraete Els
Other teaching staff: Bens Ann, Dhaeze Marc
Language course: No
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 2


We can motivate why we included this course unit in the study program.
Evidence-based nursing is to be considered as an essential part of nursing education. It prepares students to their roles of healthcare professionals who deliver evidence-based patient care. This implies that students are able to choose the most fitting nursing interventions based upon a critical appraisal of the scientific literature and research findings.


This course unit consists of various chapters, among which:

Introduction to nursing research:
Qualitative versus quantitative research
Analysis of research papers
Research designs and sampling methods
Principles of critical appraisal of research papers

Evidence-based nursing:
Historical context
Levels of evidence
Evalution of the evidence base of a number of nursing interventions
Preparation project proposal bachelor dissertation or paper

Order of enrolment

There are no prerequisites for this course.


The faculty teaching and examination regulations indicate the agreements on sequentiality for this course

Final objectives

The student integrates findings from professional nursing literature and nursing research into daily practice and participates in applied nursing research
The student autonomously and actively manages his personal professional development based on an ethical assessment framework for nursing practice and critical self-reflection

Final objectives

This course unit supports the learning outcomes which are a translation of the level descriptors leading to a bachelor's degree in higher professional education from the Codex Higher Education.

1. On the basis of theoretical frameworks, international references and experience, develop a personal view of nursing and a constructively critical attitude.

2. Look for specialist and scientific literature in a focused and methodical way, assess the relevance and usefulness thereof, integrate new insights into their professional settings and development, participate in practical, scientific research.

3. Continuously reflect on their own nursing actions, analyse their learning needs and translate these autonomously into initiatives for more professionalism and balance in their work.

Teaching methods

  • Learning dialogue
  • Activating lecture

Organisation of education

Lecture with activating elements
Task based learning
Seminar - interaction forms: group discussion
Supervised independent work

This course unit sustains, linked to its intrinsic specifity, the possibility to implement international guest speakers and/or visits in an international context.

To replace this course, a student may enroll in the Intensive Programme in the context of internationalization.

Study guidance

on demand


Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
PeriodicWritten examination30,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
PeriodicOther70,00Oral presentation paper
PeriodicWritten examination30,00


First examination period
Written exam (30% of the global evaluation)
- multiple choice questions with formula scoring
- open-end questions
Non-periodic evaluation (70% of the global evaluation)
- attendance of the workshops and exercise sessions is mandatory
- written assignment: paper

The number of questions of the written exam is in accordance with the examination time sheduled. It is clearly indicated on which part of the learning content the exam focuses.

Second examination period
Written exam (30% of the global evaluation)
- multiple choice questions with formula scoring
- open-end questions
Submitting preparation project proposal bachelor dissertation or paper with oral defence (70% of the global evaluation):
- the second examination period does not allow the valorisation of non-periodic evaluation. Therefore, an oral exam will determine whether the student has acquired the competencies envisaged by the workshops and exercise sessions.

Study costs


Key words

evidence based nursing